Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Huntington Name
This long-established and distinguished name is of Anglo-Saxon origin and is a locational surname acquiring from any one of the places called Huntington in Cheshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Yorkshire, or from the division town of Huntingdon. More common variations are: Huntiington, Huintington, Huntinggton, Huntngton, Hunttington, Hunetington, Huntingdon, Hantington, Hyntington, Huntingotn.
The surname Huntington first appeared in Huntingdon in Huntingdonshire. “This place, called by the Saxons Huntantun, and in the Norman survey Huntersdune, appears to have acquired its name from its situation in a tract of country which was anciently an extensive forest abounding with deer, and well suited for the chase. The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that ofEustace de Huntendone, dated 1086, in the “Register of Old English Bynames”. It was during the reign of King William 1, who was known as “The Conqueror” dated 1066-1087. Surname all over the country became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England. Surnames all over the country began to develop with unique and shocking spelling varieties of the original one.
Individuals with the surname Huntington landed in the United States in three different centuries respectively in 17th, 18th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Huntington who arrived in the United States in the 17th-century included Christopher and Margaret Huntington, who settled in Boston in 1633 with their sons Simon and Thomas. Simon Huntington, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633. Lydia Huntington, who arrived in Virginia in 1642. Lydia Huntington, who settled in Virginia in 1642. Andrew Huntington, who arrived in Virginia in 1642.
People with the surname Huntington who landed in the United States in the 18th century included Thomas Huntington, who arrived in New York in 1785. Some of the people with the surname Huntington who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Edward Huntington, aged 45, who landed in New York in 1812. Ellen Huntington, aged 19, who arrived in New York in 1862. Joseph Huntington, aged 24, who landed in New York in 1862.
Huntington Coat of Arms Meaning
The four main devices (symbols) in the Huntington blazon are the fretty, mullet, lion rampant and buglehorn. The three main tinctures (colors) are gules, sable and azure .
Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries . Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone..
Sable, the deep black so often found in Heraldry is believed to named from an animal of the marten family know in the middle ages as a Sabellinœ and noted for its very black fur . In engravings, when colors cannot be shown it is represented as closely spaced horizontal and vertical lines, and appropriately is thus the darkest form of hatching, as this method is known . Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy .
The bright, strong blue color in Heraldry is known in English as azure, and similarly in other European languages – azul in Spanish, azurro in Italian and azur in French. The word has its roots in the Arabic word lazura, also the source of the name of the precious stone lapis lazuli . Despite this, those heralds who liked to associate colours with jewels chose instead to describe blue as Sapphire. According to Wade, the use of this colour symbolises “Loyalty and Truth” .
Fretty is a very pleasing patterning of the field whereby it is split into diamond shapes by overlapping and interwoven diagonal bands, where the background and the band colours may be any of the heraldic tinctures. . The family CAVE, from Kent are blessed with the simple arms of Azure, fretty or. Ancient writers, such as Guillim believed that the pattern represented a net and hence symbolised those skilled in the art of “persuasion”!
The heraldic mullet, not to be confused with the fish of that name, is shown as a regular, five pointed star. This was originally, not an astronomical object, but represented the spur on a horseman’s boot, especially when peirced, with a small circular hole in the centre it represents a type of spur known as a “rowel” . A clear example can be found in the arms of Harpendene, argent, a mullet pierced gules. The ancient writer Guillim associated such spurs in gold as belonging to the Knight, and the silver to their esquires . In later years, Wade linked this five pointed star with the true celestial object, the estoile and termed it a “falling star”, symbolising a “divine quality bestowed from above” .
There can be no animal more clearly associated with Heraldry than the lion, majestic King of the Beasts. Originally it appeared only in one pose, erect, on one paw, with the others raised but such was the popularity of this figure, and the need to distinguish arms from each other, that it soon came to be shown in an enormous range of forms . The lion rampant is an example of these modified form, and any family would be proud to have such a noble creature displayed on their arms. Rampant is the default attitude of the lion, raised on its hind legs, facing to the dexter and with front paws extended in a fearsome and powerful pose.